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Jointly They Edit: Examining the Impact of Community Identification on Political Interaction in Wikipedia
Abstract Background In their 2005 study, Adamic anBackground In their 2005 study, Adamic and Glance coined the memorable phrase ‘divided they blog’, referring to a trend of cyberbalkanization in the political blogosphere, with liberal and conservative blogs tending to link to other blogs with a similar political slant, and not to one another. As political discussion and activity increasingly moves online, the power of framing political discourses is shifting from mass media to social media. Methodology/Principal Findings Continued examination of political interactions online is critical, and we extend this line of research by examining the activities of political users within the Wikipedia community. First, we examined how users in Wikipedia choose to display their political affiliation. Next, we analyzed the patterns of cross-party interaction and community participation among those users proclaiming a political affiliation. In contrast to previous analyses of other social media, we did not find strong trends indicating a preference to interact with members of the same political party within the Wikipedia community. Conclusions/Significance Our results indicate that users who proclaim their political affiliation within the community tend to proclaim their identity as a ‘Wikipedian’ even more loudly. It seems that the shared identity of ‘being Wikipedian’ may be strong enough to triumph over other potentially divisive facets of personal identity, such as political affiliation.l identity, such as political affiliation.
Abstractsub Background In their 2005 study, Adamic anBackground In their 2005 study, Adamic and Glance coined the memorable phrase ‘divided they blog’, referring to a trend of cyberbalkanization in the political blogosphere, with liberal and conservative blogs tending to link to other blogs with a similar political slant, and not to one another. As political discussion and activity increasingly moves online, the power of framing political discourses is shifting from mass media to social media. Methodology/Principal Findings Continued examination of political interactions online is critical, and we extend this line of research by examining the activities of political users within the Wikipedia community. First, we examined how users in Wikipedia choose to display their political affiliation. Next, we analyzed the patterns of cross-party interaction and community participation among those users proclaiming a political affiliation. In contrast to previous analyses of other social media, we did not find strong trends indicating a preference to interact with members of the same political party within the Wikipedia community. Conclusions/Significance Our results indicate that users who proclaim their political affiliation within the community tend to proclaim their identity as a ‘Wikipedian’ even more loudly. It seems that the shared identity of ‘being Wikipedian’ may be strong enough to triumph over other potentially divisive facets of personal identity, such as political affiliation.l identity, such as political affiliation.
Bibtextype article  +
Doi 10.1371/journal.pone.0060584  +
Has author Jessica J. Neff + , David Laniado + , Karolin E. Kappler + , Yana Volkovich + , Pablo Aragón + , Andreas Kaltenbrunner +
Has extra keyword Social Networks + , Online community + , Online interactions + , Online discussion + , Political Polarization + , Conflict + , Social Identity Theory + , Wikipedia +
Has keyword Online encyclopedias + , Political parties + , Elections + , Twitter + , Social research + , Political theory + , Qualitative analysis + , Social theory +
Has remote mirror http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0060584  +
Has webcitation mirror http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0060584  +
Issue 4  +
Language English +
License CC BY +
Number of citations by publication 0  +
Number of references by publication 0  +
Peer-reviewed Yes  +
Published in PLOS ONE +
Title Jointly They Edit: Examining the Impact of Community Identification on Political Interaction in Wikipedia +
Type journal article  +
Volume 8  +
Year 2013 +
Creation dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 1 September 2015 10:51:36  +
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Modification dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 1 September 2015 10:51:36  +
DateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 3 April 2013  +
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